Talent

Connect the talent assets of Northwest Florida to key industry clusters and ensure a dynamic and diverse workforce for new and growing businesses.

Talent Strategies

  • Create a regional workforce training and development initiative designed to meet the needs of large employers relocating or expanding in Northwest Florida.
  • Better leverage separated and retired military personnel as a key talent pool for target industry clusters.
  • Explore establishing an employer-driven workforce training initiative focused on assisting underemployed and long-term unemployed residents.
  • Develop a regional talent recruitment program.
  • Expand work-based learning and career exploration opportunities for students.
  • Further leverage the manufacturing academies model to expand the promotion of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs and technical skills development as early as grade school to build long-term talent supply in the region.
  • Increase employability skills training programs to reduce employment barriers for all students and adults, with a particular focus on underserved populations.

 

    Upcoming Talent Events

  • FORWARD Talent Council Meeting
    June 12, 2018, 1:30 pm–3:00 pm - Museum of Commerce - Pensacola

    Please join us for quarterly face-to-face Talent Council meeting for Northwest Florida Forward, including NWFMC talent committee members.

    The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 12th between 1:30 and 3pm in Pensacola at Museum of Commerce (201 E Zaragoza St, Pensacola, FL 32502).

    Please join us for quarterly face-to-face Talent Council meeting for Northwest Florida Forward, including NWFMC talent committee members.

    The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 12th between 1:30 and 3pm in Pensacola at Museum of Commerce (201 E Zaragoza St, Pensacola, FL 32502), immediately following the Triumph Gulf Coast board meeting so you can attend both if interested.  The following topics will be covered:

    a.            Review the data from the technical study about targeted industries, beginning with manufacturing.

    b.            Review programs on education inventory specifically in the industry mentioned above.

    c.             Identify strengths and gaps for this key industry.

    d.            Project leaders share short overviews of Triumph and Job Growth Grant fund proposals that support this industry.

    e.            Identify remaining gaps / needs.

    f.             Work on development of Talent Forward proposal

Council Chairs

Kristie Kelley

Gulf Power Company
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Michele Burns

CareerSource Okaloosa-Walton
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Focus Areas

Talent

Business Vitality

Infrastructure

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Quality of Place